Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have developed a droplet digital PCR assay to precisely enumerate a class of T-cells called tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) from cancer tissue, and used the method to demonstrate that the presence and quantity of these cells are strongly correlated with increased survival in ovarian cancer patients.

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